Flyin' Frogs head west for MWC Outdoor Championships
May 8, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - With finals week coming to an end, the TCU track and field team will return its focus to the track and the beginning of postseason competition May 9-12 at the Mountain West Conference Championships in San Diego, Calif. The championships will be held at the SDSU Sports Deck on the campus of San Diego State University.
The meet will open with the heptathlon and decathlon on Wednesday and Thursday. The field events will begin on Friday with the women's high jump at 2 p.m. CT. The first running event will be the men's steeplechase at 4 p.m. CT.
"It is kind of exciting," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "It has been an interesting year from the standpoint of weather and getting what we need out of each meet. The weather has gotten warm and we've been able to get some pretty good things done in practice over a short period of time and I feel like we are ready to go up there and run and have our best meet of the year. Plus, we get to go to a venue on the west coast in San Diego, so I am looking forward to it."
Heading into the weekend, TCU and the rest of the league will have the tall task of unseating meet-favorite BYU, who has won all seven league titles on the men's side and five, including the last three on the women's side. The Cougars enter the meet ranked No. 13 on the men's side and No. 23 on the women's side by Trackwire.com.
Six schools in the Mountain West Conference field men's programs, while all nine institutions field women's teams. The schools with men's programs are TCU, Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico and Wyoming.
The meet will mark TCU's second time competing at the MWC Outdoor Championships after joining the league prior to the 2006 season. The meet also marks the second time the MWC Outdoor Championships have been held at the SDSU Sports Deck, but the first since 2001.
Despite this being only the second year in the league, Anderson feels the Flyin' Frogs learned a lot at the MWC Indoor Championships in February where the women finished third and the men finished fifth.
"I think we took a lot from the indoor (MWC Championships) meet of having opportunities and letting opportunities slip away," Anderson said. "You have to have more of a serious attitude about getting the highest possible place you can get in any event when you step on the track. You need to get more aggressive and bear down, and do the best you can do to take the highest place you can get and be satisfied with that."
The Mountain West Conference Championships will also present a different challenge for the Flyin' Frogs, who will compete in a team scored event for the first time during outdoor season.
"I think it makes it a lot more interesting when you are keeping score because when an event happens, you throw the times out the window and you are looking at how many points we can score in an event, not how fast, how far or how high," Anderson said.
The Flyin' Frogs will be looking to build off the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championships in Provo, Utah, where both the men's and women's teams placed third. In addition to finishing with a pair of third-place finishes, nine men and nine women were named to the 2006 All-MWC team. TCU had All-Conference finishers in nine events on both the men's side and women's side.
At the 2006 MWC Outdoor Championships, the top three finishers on both the men's and women's sides were identical with BYU finishing first, Colorado State placing second and the Frogs finishing third.
Live results from the meet will be available by visiting gofrogs.com. Complete results will also be available on gofrogs.com at the conclusion of each day's competition.